For Immediate Release - December 6, 2022


BATON ROUGE – Four members of LSU’s highly-touted freshman class have been named to the College Football News Freshman All-America Team, the news organization announced on Tuesday.

Offensive tackle Will Campbell and linebacker Harold Perkins were named to the first team, while offensive tackle Emery Jones Jr. was a third team selection and tight end Mason Taylor earned honorable mention status.

LSU was the only team in college football with two players named to the first team.

All four LSU selections played a significant role in the Tigers winning the SEC Western Division and finishing the regular season with a 9-4 overall mark. Behind the play of the freshmen group, LSU became only the third team in the SEC Championship Game era to go from last place in the league the year before to winning its division the following season.

Perkins, a New Orleans native, twice earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors and put together one of the best all-around seasons for a linebacker in LSU history. He led the Tigers in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.5) on his way to becoming just the third true freshman in LSU history to earn first-team AP All-SEC honors.

Perkins, who had a career-best 10 tackles against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, ranks third on the team with 69 total tackles.

Campbell, a Monroe native, started 12 games at left tackle the Tigers, becoming the first true freshman in LSU history to start at that position for the length of the season. Campbell helped pave the way for an LSU rushing attack that averaged 181.1 yards per game.

Campbell earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance in LSU’s win over Florida.

Jones, from Baton Rouge, took over as the starter at right tackle in week 3 against Mississippi State and started the final 10 games at the position for the Tigers.

The Tigers posted an 8-2 mark with Campbell and Jones in the starting lineup.

Taylor, who caught the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime against Alabama, hauled in 33 passes for 326 yards and a pair of TDs. He ranks No. 5 on LSU’s single-season reception list for tight ends and is just two catches shy of tying the LSU freshman mark. Taylor, a native of Plantation, Florida, started LSU’s final 12 game of the season and caught at least one pass in 12 games.
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tigeramongpigs14 months
Here's the link, if you're interested:
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Solo Cam15 months
Can't believe they stripped Harold Perkins of that sack
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CanebreakCajun15 months
Let all OLs in High School and the portal see that CBK and crew and have two freshman All-Americans. That is a massive recruing tool.
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alumni9515 months
Except for the fact that there won’t be playing/starting time there for at least 2 more years…
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panzer15 months
2 LINEMEN as Freshmen All Americans. AWESOME....
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bapple14 months
That stands out to me the most. Having them anchor each side of the line in the coming years will be huge.
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2003tigerfan15 months
Well deserved
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Miganey15 months
Who the heck beat out Mason ?
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Fightin Okra15 months
TE who made 1st team from UConn. Had 238 yards on 17 receptions and 2 TD. Mason had 33 receptions for 326 yards and 2 TDs (and huge 2 point conversion)
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Westbank11115 months
I don’t follow all college football teams stats etc.. but what other TE in this freshman class is better than Mason Taylor? Maybe somebody lit it up with stats in some bush league, BUT I can’t imagine a better FROSH TE in the country.
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HC8715 months
Said the same thing to myself as he was only a 'honorable mention' Three in front of him must be really impressive...
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foj198115 months
Future looks bright!
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